02.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Better teachers for better learning: A Call for Teachers, media advisory

Every year on 5 October, World Teachers’ Day is observed to highlight the importance of skilled, qualified and well-trained teachers and their importance for students and for society. In Nepal and elsewhere, this year’s World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated under the motto “A call for Teachers !”.

Teachers hold the key to a better future. They inspire, challenge and empower learners of all ages to become innovative and responsible global citizens. They help build tomorrow’s knowledge societies.

Nothing can replace a good teacher. Evidence shows that knowledgeable and skilled teachers are essential for quality education. This requires strong training upfront and continuous professional development and support.  Because only well trained teachers can provide quality education and promote the values of citizenship, peace and intercultural dialogue. 

In Nepal as elsewhere, teachers must have access to professional development throughout their career. They need continuous feedback loops between theory, practice, and research. They need life-long training, better networking and greater knowledge in evaluation and accountability. And they need more recognition. Globally, some 5.24 million teachers need to be recruited in order to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015. 1.58 million new recruits and 3.66 million to replace those leaving the profession. The challenge goes beyond numbers – more teachers must mean better quality learning, through appropriate training and support.

The most important area, however, is the training of Nepal’s 275,000 teachers.  Many of them are insufficiently trained.  Well trained and skilled teachers are the foundations of good schools, and good schools are the pillars of healthy and democratic communities. Ensuring teachers are properly trained, resourced and supported is the single most important requirement for raising learning achievement levels.

There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. The education of future generations hangs in the balance unless we can rise to the challenge of putting the best possible teacher in every classroom.

Teachers, therefore, must be in the focus of attention of the Government and international development partners alike. This is why the UNESCO office in Kathmandu, this year, has joined hands with the Teachers’ Union Nepal and the Ministry of Education to observe the World Teachers’ Day and organize an interaction programme on the theme “Better Teachers for Better Learning” at national level on 4 October 2013 at Staff College, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Tap Raj Pant

National Programme Officer (Education)
P.O.Box 14391, Kathmandu
Tel.: + 977 1 5554769, 5554396 ext. 14
Fax: + 977 1 5554450


Kathmandu, 2 October 2013

Press release UNESCO/KAT 15/2013

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